Children old enough to have any self-respect whatsoever can be annoyingly uncooperative when it comes to putting them in little curly horned wigs, but dogs and cats can often be bent to your evil will.
In Japan, the phenomenon of costumed animals has been taken to a whole new level. In every neighborhood, boutiques like this one specialize in outfits designed to embarrass every size of pet. From panda suits for black labs to traditional wigs, Pikachu hoodies and bunny suits for Chihuahuas, there’s no end to the many ways pets can be humiliated every time they go out for walkies.
The first picture was taken at a doggie boutique on Takeshita Street in Harajuku, and the second at a famous pet clothing store on the shopping street in front ot Senso-ji temple, in Asakusa. Directions & maps are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!